Neck Pain

Texas Spine Consultants

Orthopedic Spine Surgeons located in Addison, TX & Plano, TX

Neck pain is a common complaint that may develop after hours hunched over a computer screen or from the jerking motion of your head caused by a rear-end car accident. While neck pain can resolve on its own, if your pain is chronic or severe, Michael Ware Hennessy, MD, at Texas Spine Consultants, LLP in Addison, Texas, may be able to help. The orthopedic spine specialist provides comprehensive care that focuses on resolving the root cause of your pain for full relief. Call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Due to its flexibility and the amount of weight it carries, your neck is very susceptible to injury and pain. Some of the common causes of neck pain include:

Herniated disc

A herniated disc in the cervical spine is when the spongy disc in between your vertebrae ruptures through its exterior and irritates your nerve. This can lead to neck pain that may also cause pain that radiates to your arm. Degeneration of the disc as you get older is the most common cause of herniated discs.

Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when your head is forced in a quick back and forth motion that overextends the neck. The pain may generate from the structures that make up your cervical spine, as well as the muscles and ligaments in your neck.

Cervical stenosis

Cervical stenosis is when your spinal canal narrows and compresses the nerves, causing pain and discomfort. The narrowing of your spinal canal is a consequence of aging.

Arthritis in your cervical spine can also lead to neck pain, as well as abnormal growths or an infection.  

How do I know the cause of my neck pain?

Dr. Hennessy conducts a thorough examination to find the root cause responsible for your neck pain. When you come in for an evaluation, Dr. Hennessy takes the time necessary to understand your symptoms, when they started, and how they affect your life. He then conducts a thorough examination to pinpoint the source of your pain. If necessary, he may recommend diagnostic testing to further assess your neck and identify the cause of your pain.

How is neck pain treated?

Due to the variety of causes of neck pain, Dr. Hennessy creates an individualized treatment plan for you based on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. While Dr. Hennessy is an orthopedic spine surgeon, he often recommends nonsurgical treatments for neck pain.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Pain medication
  • Nerve blocks
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy

 

If surgery is recommended, Dr. Hennessy provides a surgical plan aimed at getting you the best results using the least invasive procedure possible. Texas Spine Consultants, LLP offers state-of-the-art techniques to ensure you get the most relief with the least amount of risk, including the Mobi-C®, an artificial cervical disc that replaces your diseased or damaged disc without limiting mobility.

For diagnosis and management of your neck pain, call Texas Spine Consultants, LLP, or use the online tool to book a consultation with Dr. Hennessy.